Sunday, May 3, 2009



We did it! We won the best award any festival has to offer--the Audience Award. At 8:30 PM last night, me and my producer Lauren Versel and my editor David Leonard mounted a small stage at a Union Square boite upon hearing that "City Island"--the movie that many of you dear readers have investested much of the last year in reading about and following the progress of--was the winner of the coveted Heineken Audience Award. Out of the eighty-five movies that Tribeca selected to show this year, we were chosen by the public as the favorite.
Click here to read the official announcement. Damn I'm happy.

I'm going to bed. It's the middle of the night and I'm still fielding congratulatory e-mails. But before I disappear, may I share with you an article from Indiewire, published just two days ago? It discusses the probable Audience Award winner and manages to name a remarkable number of potential winners...none of which are "City Island". Does the phrase "Dewey Defeats Truman" come to mind? Am I allowed this moment of bitchiness? Of course I am. We won!

Thank you, Heineken, for sponsoring this prize. And congratulations to the runner-up films. Oh, and thank you Indiewire for your valient reporting efforts...

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Major Buzz Factory said...

I wrote about this on the homepage of our sites and
(you should open a blog there (and post your rss)
Bruno, the editor

Anonymous said... you I am going to see
your film today. what a treat for you all. Bet you went to bed in a great mood last night. I have had
that feeling but for different
reasons. See you today at the cinema

Anonymous said...

(Hot Dog Man) I have to be in your
next film. You can get me cheap.
I am running a special. ciao

Anonymous said...

That is so Great! Congrats! Have you found a distributor yet? When we will know? I can't wait to see this film!!

Anonymous said...

That is great news! Hopefully that means we all get to see this movie soon! I saw Julianna and Andy on the Tribeca film Festival special on AMC, they were great and the clips they showed were so good. Best of luck!!

Anonymous said...

Well from the earlier comment, " In spite of the beverage du jour, I will attend. "..... I guess $25K will buy a lot of the beverage!! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! This is fantastic and really says a lot about your movie, cast and crew :) I hope this means my chances will be increased in seeing this wonderful movie myself very soon!

Marianna said...

There are no words that can describe my happiness and joy for you Raymond!

Even if I haven't watched City Island (yet) It feels like I do 'know' even a small tiny bit of this project (thanks to you)!

Thank you for allowing us to ride in this City Island roller-coaster of yours! It has been (and still is) a great ride, with an outcome that makes us more than proud lol

Congrats and my bestest wishes to you!


Addison Dewitt said...

Well done, old chap, but gloating seems a bit beneath you.

Daniel said...

Wish I were there, Raymond.

No gloating about it, you are very rightfully proud, and not only should you be proud that you made a great movie (not easy to do -- just go to Blockbuster, start scanning the shelves and you'll see what I mean), but you made it without to my memory ever being a jerk on-set. On the contrary, you created a fun, creative, collaborative atmosphere on the set, so much so that all of us who worked on it, from props to grips to craft service, all feel a stake in this well-deserved win.

Thanks for letting me a part of it.

Addison Dewitt said...

Hmmm, this Daniel fellow may be on to something. Sounds like the set of the film was slightly communistic. Is the Dutch brewery bottling a pinkish beer?

Kristina said...

Oh my God!!!!!! I literally screamed "YAY!" when I read the headline!!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!

Daniel said...

Hey Addison,

Go to and leave the happiness to the rest of us.

Addison D said...

@Daniel--I am hurt and saddened that my wit does not pass muster with the 'prop'er set. I am not familiar with the site you allude to but am happy to oblige you with my silence. I shall save myself for sunnier climes.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just got home from seeing
that beautiful piece of work.What a treat for me.One scene after the other just perfection I laughed
cried being a dad.He grabs his son
then falls to the ground ahhhhhh
beautiful.An Alan Arkin I could kiss him he is so beautiful.I know they are beating at your door for
this film if not they are nuts and that they aren't.You made my day
Raymond all I can add is ciao.

Anonymous said...

I slept on it and woke up thinking if this was a different cast this would have been a totally different film. There was a spiritual thing
running around with those folks.
Raymond they were sent to you somehow.
You talk ensemble,wow.I can go on and on but all I will add is I wont use the word great because that's not
my word someone else can use that, But I will use a beautiful,beautiful
film.. Camera,music,everything ciao

Jan McLaughlin said...

Jeepers-creepers, Raymond: well-deserved. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

jeepers, creepers Jan that is a
sharp thing to say. I am going to
start using that hope you dont mind.
People will ask me what do you mean
and I will say.I do not know.
But...have a great jeepers creepers.....

Anonymous said...

This is just incredible! Congratulations!

BTW, different subject, on the City Island movie page, under links, it doesn't seem to work. Will that be going live soon?

Anonymous said...

I'm curious if anyone else saw the Tribeca site on Thursday showing City Island in 3rd place? What was Peter Knegt looking at? This award was TOTALLY desereved. City Island is the best movie I've seen in a long time!

Anonymous said...

Raymond - Your win made the NY Times Today --

Anonymous said...

City Island mentioned on CBS Site, along with interviews with Julianna, and others --

Anonymous said...

Hollywood Reporter mention

Anonymous said...

Oh Raymond - Sounds like you might have a distributor? That would be great, I want to see this movie!

New York banner Lucky Monkey produced the pic, which was a huge hit with audiences: On Saturday, the film was given the Heineken Audience Award, and on Sunday a screening played to some of the most enthusiastic crowds at the festival. Paradigm was on the verge of selling U.S. rights Sunday afternoon.

Raymond De Felitta said...

Wow, what a comments deluge. I love it. Keep 'em coming. Even you, the acidulous Addison De Witt ("nobody's fool...least of all yours, Eve").

Thanks for all these links and mentions. So many its hard for me to keep up and post them all. But you guys are great for pitching in...

Dan--so glad you had a good set experience and thanks for saying so and continuing to join us here.

And sorry about the broken link to the films official site. It's fixed now.
It's a nice site--check it out.

Larry Larkin said...

My dear lad, it is we who thank you!

Miles Fairley said...

@Larry Larkin
Dear God! What is Larry Larkin doing here? He is long dead I am sure. Must be his ghost. Oh yes, by the way, loved the new picture from Raymond, um, Italian last name, yes, awfully good, look forward to many more old chap.

Ferdinand Von Galitzien said...

In spite the strict aristocratic etiquette and the fact that "City Island" is a, tsk, tsk, tsk... talkie, this German count is very pleased that everything went well and would like to congratulate you, mein lieber Herr Felitta.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien